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The Indian restaurant scene in Birmingham is widely celebrated – and rightly so – but it can come a little samey. The Balti Triangle and the countless curry houses are superb, but for those who wish to experience something slightly different from the subcontinent should head to Hagley Road in Ladywood, where Spice Town offer authentic South Indian food, particularly dosas, the rice and lentil pancake seen on every street corner in southern India.
Unfortunately not as good as the restaurant that it replaced - Chennai Dosa.
Ladywood is a little distance away from the traditional Indian restaurant hotspots of Birmingham, but if restaurants like Spice Town keep growing their reputation, that will surely change. Spice Town, on Hadley Road, differs considerably from the curry house mould of the Balti Triangle, offering as they do specifically south Indian cuisine. Vegetarians and vegans are in luck, as almost all dishes here are meat-free, and their dosas are gluten-free as well.
Indeed, the dosa is king at Spice Town in Ladywood. Filled with a range of veggie curries or simply dipped in chutney, these rice and lentil pancakes will be familiar to anyone who has visited the South of India, and on Hadley Road in western Birmingham, you can grab yourself a little taste of Kolkata. Alongside the crepes, they also serve tiffin specialities and othappam, AKA Indian pizza. For those wanting an alternative to the standard curry house fare, Spice Town is an essential destination: book a table now!